Rep. Maloney Statement on Legionnaires Disease in Lenox Hill
NEW YORK—Following the news that Legionnaires disease has been found in a section of Lenox Hill, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12), who represents the area in the U.S. House of Representatives, released the following statement:
“I am deeply concerned that seven cases of Legionnaires disease have been reported in Lenox Hill. I offer my sincerest condolences to the family of the individual who passed away from the disease. My thoughts are with those who have been infected, and I wish them a speedy recovery.”
“My office has been in contact with the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and was informed that the department is actively investigating these cases and sampling and testing water from all the cooling tower systems within a half kilometer radius of Lenox Hill.
“Legionnaires disease is caused by the bacteria Legionella, and most cases can be traced to water systems where conditions are favorable for growth of the bacteria. I encourage anyone showing symptoms—which include fever, cough, chills, muscle aches, headache, fatigue, loss of appetite, confusion, and diarrhea—to seek medical attention immediately. Legionnaires cannot spread from individual to individual and is treatable with standard antibiotics.
“For more information, I encourage you to attend the NYC Department of Health Community Meeting this evening at 6:30PM at the Lenox Hill Neighborhood House (331 East 70th street) where Department of Health representatives will provide an update on the situation and take questions. You can access additional information about with the City is doing at nyc.gov/health. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control also has a helpful factsheet about Legionnaires’ Disease which can be found here: https://www.cdc.gov/legionella/downloads/fs-legionnaires.pdf.”